We're anxiously awaiting the release of Stephanie Laurens' The Lady Risks All, which hits shelves tomorrow. The story follows Miranda Collins as she seeks help from the mysterious Neville Roscoe as the two search for Miranda's missing brother. As a special treat for our readers, Laurens answers a few questions about her new heroine and what readers can expect from this fabulous new historical adventure. And make sure to check the end of the post for a special surprise from Laurens' publisher!
Neither Roscoe nor the lady in question, Miranda, are the stereotypical Stephanie Laurens’ hero or heroine, yet this book still falls very much within the Stephanie Laurens’ World. How do you create characters that are different on the one hand, yet the same on the other?
Both Roscoe and Miranda contain the same critical character elements that typify my heroes and heroines, namely the hero is a warrior, in a different disguise but still clearly a warrior, and the heroine is a strong woman — she has intrinsic inner strength. The different nuance in this book lies in where both hero and heroine start their journeys. Roscoe, although knowing himself a warrior, believes that the sacrifices he’s willingly made for others puts him beyond the reach of love. This has resonance with soldiers returning from war who have seen too much, or are in some other way “damaged” in their own eyes to the point of believing they are no longer eligible candidates for a woman to love and marry. Miranda, on the other hand, has been in a familial situation that has suppressed her personal development to the point that she wakes up at 29 and discovers she doesn’t know what she wants from her life, let alone how to get it. Most importantly, she knows very little about herself and her own abilities — her story is very much one of self-discovery.
The heroine, Miranda, finds herself searching for a purpose in life — do you see her journey as resonating with today’s readers?
Absolutely. In some ways, being able to create a heroine in 1823, who at 29 is forced by circumstances to go forth from a sheltered and reclusive home in which very rigid strictures were imposed on her, and face the challenge of defining what she wants her life to be like, and then going out and making it so, allows me to focus on the issue that all modern women have to face sometime in their twenties. In particular, women who have spent most of their twenties absorbed with their career will wake up one morning to realize — just like Miranda — that they are 29 and have no clear idea of what they truly want of life. This is, to me, one of the primary reasons for writing romances set in historical times — they allow the author to strip away all the extraneous interference (internet, cell phones, phones at all! — in many ways the rest of the world) to focus on the personal, emotional internal struggle.
Want to learn more about Stephanie Laurens' book? Then check out USA Today's Happily Ever After blog post here! You can pick up a copy of The Lady Risks All, available in stores September 25. For more historical tales visit our Everything Romance Page.
GIVEAWAY ALERT: Author Stephanie Laurens, her publisher Avon and RT BOOK REVIEWS have teamed up to bring readers a special giveaway — a Nexus 7 tablet! The Nexus 7 allows the viewer to watch TV, listen to music, surf the 'Net and, of course, read great e-books including Stephanie Laurens' exceptional historical romances. To enter the giveaway for the Nexus 7, comment below telling us why you are looking forward to reading Laurens' The Lady Risks All. The winner will be announced Monday, October 1. US Mailing addresses only please.
BLOG UPDATE 10/1/12: The winner is Marguerite Guinn.